More than 200 municipal officials from the Pennsylvania Municipal League from across the Commonwealth and local volunteers have constructed a new playground at Allentown’s Jordan Park.
Utilizing funds from a $70,000 Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, city crews are removing 20 year old equipment including slides, a bridge and climbing features from the flood plain. Volunteers have replaced them with separated play areas for tots and 6-to-12-year-olds and a swing area. The new playground will include slides, climbing features, and other new activities covering approximately 4,200 square feet.
The new equipment was installed outside the flood plain close to the Jordan Park Pool under the direction of representatives from Playworld Systems Inc. of Lewisburg, Pa.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski was very pleased with the results. “This is going to be a fantastic play area for our kids. It is really heartwarming to watch these volunteers erect a playground in just one day. I want all the participants to know how much we appreciate their contributions.”
Music for the workers was provided by Classic Wave Entertainment. Breakfast and lunch was provided by Wegmans and Jack’s Slice.
Assistance was provided by the Friends of the Allentown Parks, Lehigh Valley Labor Council AFL-CIO, Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club, The Salvation Army and the Lehigh County Youth Association.
The Pennsylvania Municipal League is holding its 116th Annual Convention at the PPL Center and the adjacent Renaissance Allentown June 23-25.